We have created this page to provide you with all the information you need to contact the US Consulate/Embassy in France as it relates to filing for an E-2 Treaty Investor Visa or an E-1 Treaty Trader Visa. This page is designed not only to help you find out who to contact at the US Embassy in France, but we have also provided other interesting facts about the E2 Visa and E1 visa.
US Embassy Paris
The following graphic includes the address where you will need to go for your interview prior to being issued your E-2 or E-1 Visa. We have also included the specific email address you can use should you wish to communicate directly with the US Embassy in Paris, France. We have included the local telephone number if calling from within France, and a U.S. number if calling from within the continental U.S. These phone numbers can be used to arrange payment of fees and schedule an appointment/interview with the US Embassy in Paris.
Paris is one of the most iconic cities in France and Europe, and the United States Embassy, Paris processes E-2 Treaty Investor and E-1 Treaty Trader Visas and can provide you with all the information and help required when submitting your E visa application. You can file your non-immigrant visa application through the Embassy directly, and if you have any queries or problems with the E-Visa application process you can get in contact with the US Embassy Paris. In addition to the handy graphic we have created, the address and contact details are also noted at the bottom of this page.
Relationship between the US and France
France is one of the United States’ oldest allies, dating all the way back to the late 1700s when the French monarchy recognized the independence of the United States. French military and economic assistance during the American War of Independence (1775-81) was crucial to the American victory. Since then, the relations between both countries have remained active, despite periods that have tested this long and mutually beneficial alliance.
France & U.S. Economic Relationship
The United States and France have always shared a strong economic relationship as well as their political relationship – benefiting both global powerhouses. Both country’s trade in goods and services over the last few years have been constantly and consistently rising by more than 10% per year. This proves just how sustainable and strong France and the United States’ relationship is on an economic level.
France E2 Visa Annual Issuances
The graph below displays the latest 5-year summary of E2 visa approval rates for nationals of France from 2015 to 2019. It includes the percentage increase or decrease in the number of E2 visa approvals per year. France has one of the highest numbers of E2 visa applicants out of all the eligible E2 treaty countries. Each visa application requires a comprehensive and professionally written immigration business plan.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the E1 and E2 Visas
What type of Visa category are they?
Both categories are non-immigrant visas which means they are not a pathway to obtaining permanent residency or citizenship in the U.S.
What do they allow?
The E-1 treaty trader visa is a nonimmigrant visa which allows foreign nationals of a treaty nation to enter the U.S. and carry out substantial trade of goods and services.
The E-2 visa allows the Visa holder to enter the United States and remain there for the duration of the visa after having invested a substantial amount of capital in a new or existing commercial U.S. business or franchise.
How long can you stay on an E-visa?
The maximum length for which an E-1 or E-2 visa can be issued to a citizen of a Treaty Country is 5 years. However, this is at the discretion of the consular officer who is reviewing your case. In France, it was often 5 years that the E-2 and E-1 were issued for, but in November 2019 this changed. The Department of State (DOS) implemented a revised visa stamp reciprocity for E-2 and E-1 visa holders. Now, the maximum validity date of an E-2 or E-1 visa for a French national is 25 months, not the previous validity period of 5 years.
Who can apply for these Visas?
Nationals of the Countries listed in our extensive E2 Visa Countries list.
What are the advantages of the E visa over other visa categories?
Most other visas available are for a fixed period and have limited renewal rights. The E-2 and E-1 visas are renewable provided the Visa applicant still qualifies at the time of renewal. The eligibility criteria may be easier to establish under this type of visa when compared to an H visa (which requires sponsorship from a US employer) or an O visa (that requires proof of exceptional talent in the arts and sciences, etc).
When did the E-2 and E-1 Visas become available for French Nationals?
On December 21, 1960, the E-1 Treaty Trader Visa and the E-2 Treaty Investor Visa became available for the nationals of France. This enabled French citizens to capitalize on the many opportunities that the United States has to offer. Thousands of entrepreneurs and investors have started businesses in the U.S., while others have purchased businesses or franchises. This has provided French nationals with a better quality of life and has boosted the United States economy creating numerous jobs for U.S. workers.
What does the E-2 Visa do for French Nationals?
The nation of France has a treaty with the U.S. which grants French nationals the opportunity to obtain E-2 visas. The E-2 visa is a non-immigrant visa that is issued for a maximum of 5 years (60 months). It is quite typical for an E-2 visa to be issued for 2 years (not 5), and for nationals of France, assuming you still qualify, you can renew the E-2 visa indefinitely. As mentioned previously, new reciprocity rules now issue E-2 and E-1 visas to French Nationals for a maximum of 25 months at a time. All E-2 visa applications must be submitted with a comprehensive 5-year immigration business plan. The E2 Visa Business Plan must include five-year financial projections, a market and industry analysis, competitor analysis, an executive summary, a 5-year hiring plan, and much more.
E2 Visa Approval Rates for France
The E2 visa has enabled French entrepreneurs and investors the ability to capitalize on the many opportunities the United States has to offer. Each year thousands of foreign entrepreneurs from all over the world help boost the US economy and create many jobs for US citizens – all through the E-2 visa.
The following graphic summarizes the number of E2 visa approvals for French nationals in 2019.
United States Embassy Paris:
Here is the 5-step process to apply for your E-Visa at the France Embassy in Paris:
Complete Form DS-160 and upload a photo of yourself (your photo must meet the photograph requirements).
Create a user account and pay the visa fee and schedule a consular appointment interview.
Within two days after scheduling the appointment interview, submit the supporting documents to the Embassy by email to ParisEvisaApplications@state.gov
You will have to attend the interview at the Embassy and take your complete (printed) E visa application package with you, including your comprehensive immigration business plan.
The embassy will keep your passport during processing and will deliver your passport, visa, and documents to you using the method you select when registering for your visa appointment. Note – processing time usually tends to take around 3-5 working days, at which time you will be contacted by the Embassy. Please also note that the processing time to review your case and the application you submitted could take several weeks and you should check the US Embassy France website for the latest processing/adjudication times.
Telephone for scheduling or payment of fees:+ 33 14 3122 222 Is the number you are to call if scheduling an appointment or inquiring about the E-2 or E-1 Visa from within France. If calling from Outside of France ie. the United States use the US dial code before entering the French number, as this is an international call, charges may apply: 011 + 33 14 3122 222
U.S. Embassy Paris Address:
2 avenue Gabriel
JDC Consultancy Client Review – US Embassy France
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Sandrine Russell – Owner, Jani-King Franchise
Formerly from France, relocated to Tennessee
E-2 Visa received from: US Embassy France
For a complete list of E2 Treaty Countries take a look at our page dedicated to this.